Trailer for a music documentary shot at Louisiana State Penitentiary, Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women, and Elayn Hunt Correctional Institute for Women.
Friday, November 21, 7pm
introduction and discussion with director Ben Harbert
Co-Sponsored by the African-American Studies Program and the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department
University of South Carolina
McKissick Museum, North Wing Auditorium (First Floor)
816 Bull St.
Columbia, SC 29208
distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences | films.com/ItemDetails.aspx?TitleId=28242
SYNOPSIS: Follow Me Down is a feature-length documentary about music in prison. Shot over the course of two years in three Louisiana prisons, Georgetown ethnomusicologist Ben Harbert weaves together interviews and performances of extraordinary inmate musicians—some serving life sentences, some new commits and one soon to be released. The result, in essence, is a concert film, but instead of bright lights and big stages, these musicians rap in the fields while picking okra, soothe themselves with R&B in lockdown and create a cappella gospel harmonies. With unprecedented access and Harbert’s insistence on letting the music speak for itself, the film offers an unexpected look at prison life, pushing viewers to reach their own conclusions about music, criminality, regret, redemption, and the humanity in us all. 96 minutes, color, HD
PREVIOUS SCREENINGS: Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola LA; Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, St. Gabriel, LA; Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women, St. Gabriel, LA; Georgetown University, Washington, DC; Reel Music Film Festival, Portland, OR; University of California, Santa Barbara, CA; Resurrection After Exoneration | Charitable Film Network, New Orleans, LA; University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL; David Wade Correctional Center, Homer, LA; Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz | William James Association; Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco | William James Association; University of Rochester, NY; Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; Boston University, MA; Ohio University, Athens, OH; University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA; Pomona College, Claremont, CA; The Hammer Museum | UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; Chicago International Music and Movies Festival, Chicago, IL; The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Washington, DC; UnionDocs, New York, NY; Royal Festival Hall, London, England; Southern Screen Film Festival, Lafayette, LA; Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA; Richmond City Jail, Richmond VA; University of Michigan | Prison Creative Arts Project, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, New Orleans | DePaul University.
Producer and director: Ben Harbert
Video Editor: Christoph Green
Audio Editor: Brendan Canty
Cinematographer: John Slattery
Audio Recordist: Chauncy Godwin
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